Improving The Neighborhood : The Poor Socio Economic And Environmental Factors
Actions that are directed towards changing choices of individuals unsuccessfully criticizes a person and neglects to address the poor socio-economic and environmental factors actually plaguing the community. For example in Gwai Boonkeut’s neighborhood healthy choices are limited because of the inadequate access to farmers markets and other supermarkets (VIDEO). As a result, the population becomes more dependent on fast food restaurants.
There are two options that the community can use in order to dismantle the unhealthy food cycle. First, establishing a network between small farmers and community members is important; as farmers will serve as accessible resource for healthy food options. In the meantime, community organizations can work together to bring supermarkets into the area. During 1999 a similar actions were taken in Harlem, New York (Flournoy, 2006). Although their efforts took ten years, the increased food choices, jobs and businesses created were tremendously beneficial to the community. Additionally, to the collaboration of community organizations, community members and policies helped direct the Harlem community into the right direction.
Aftermath of World War II
Angela Blackwell stated “This isn’t something that happens overnight, and it isn’t the fault of the people who live there. The people who live in low-income disinvested communities did not do this to themselves” (VIDEO). His statement doubtlessly accounts for conditions that…